- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; Reprint edition (March 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856698130
- ISBN-13: 978-1856698139
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Custom Road Bike Paperback – March 28, 2012
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Guy Andrews is Editor of Rouleur magazine. He has been an editor and writer on cycling for the last fifteen years.
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But if you have found a custom frame builder and have ordered your Dream Bike frame, to be delivered next year or later, and you are just in a quandary about whether to fit it out with Shimano, SRAM, Campy or Lightweight, (Ah, no mention of IRD or Sampson), maybe the book will help, but not nearly as much as going to your LBS to look at the components.
This book reminds me of a 101 survey course in college, it won't make you smart in the subject, but it might get you started. I think Christine Elliott did a much better job in making a book extolling the artistry of custom bikes, and Jan Heine will at least give you a historical perspective. I can only think that Guy Andrews got too busy running a magazine to write the book worthy of being associated with Rouleur's editor. Say it ain't so, Guy.
However, if you're like me and enjoy looking at some hardcore photos of some of the latest and greatest technology on the market, this book is for you. Throughout the book, beautiful color photos show off a wide array of bikes, components, and accessories (mostly high-end). Guy Andrews keeps the text fairly concise, giving basic explanations of the technology on display. The book seems to be fairly well-researched overall and is easy to read in shorter or longer portions, depending on how much time you have.
Folks looking for in-depth discussions of technology, pricing, geometry, etc. would be better served by checking out what the late, great Sheldon Brown had to say or hit up some of the popular road forum sites for advice. For me--a lifelong cyclist who isn't a roadie by any stretch of the imagination--this book represents a snapshot of the current era of road bikes and components, presented in an attractive, well-photographed package. Artistic photos combined with basic explanations of the technology make this a treat for everyone from the beginning cyclist to the seasoned veteran. When viewed as a celebration of road bikes by folks who are able to appreciate cycling from a more holistic mindset, this book hits the spot.
But the pictures aren't the best part! The book takes you through the aspects that make up a bike and what to look for in a bike that you want to ride. Custom lugs, frame materials, geometry, and components are all explored within these pages. There are also interviews with some of the most influential frame builders of our time, which offers insight into what these artists look for in their finished products.
I own quite a few books on bikes, and this is by far my favorite. It's great resource that is a pleasure to read!